Two Cedar Village Mall Businesses Hit
Coco Cafe & 49th Bargin Bin Thrift Store
The Nanaimo RCMP is investigating two commercial break and enters, reported within minutes of each other, on Saturday February 11, 2017. The incidents occurred at 4:51 am and 4:53 am at the Coco Cafe and the 49th Bargain Bin Thrift Store respectively. Both businesses are located in the Cedar Village Mall, 1840 Cedar Road.
Officers arrived on scene at the Coco Cafe approximately 15 minutes after the alarm was activated and found the back door smashed in and an interior door forced open. The only item reported missing was a small amount of petty cash. The break in to the 49th Bargain Bin Thrift Store involved the front glass door being smashed open and cash registers forced open. No cash was on the premises and nothing else appeared to be missing.
"Given the two businesses are in close proximity to each other, it safe to say the two occurrences are most likely related," said Constable Gary O'Brien of the Nanaimo RCMP.
Investigators have been able to obtain video surveillance from one of the businesses and are currently reviewing it. If anyone saw any vehicles, including bicycles or persons in the immediate area between 4:30 am and 5:00 am on Saturday February 11th please call the Nanaimo RCMP at 250-754-2345. If you wish to remain anonymous, contact Crime Stoppers at www.nanaimocrimestoppers.com text 274637, text Nanaimo or call 1-800-222-8477.